Dream, A Short Documentary on the Art and Culture of Burning Man

Every year, right before Labor Day, 50,000 peo­ple trav­el to Black Rock City, Neva­da to take part in Burn­ing Man — an exper­i­men­tal com­mu­ni­ty ded­i­cat­ed to rad­i­cal self reliance, rad­i­cal self-expres­sion and art. As Burn­ing Man’s own web site will tell you, “Try­ing to explain what Burn­ing Man is to some­one who has nev­er been to the event is a bit like try­ing to explain what a par­tic­u­lar col­or looks like to some­one who is blind.” Nonethe­less, the Burn­ing Man orga­niz­ers offer a short, intro­duc­to­ry essay and a First-Timer’s Guide to get you start­ed, plus some pho­to gal­leries to help fill out the pic­ture. And then above, we have a new­ly-made short film that offers a glimpse into the art and cul­ture of the Burn­ing Man expe­ri­ence. It high­lights some won­drous artis­tic cre­ations and the artists, design­ers, builders and sundry minds behind them. The doc­u­men­tary, Dream: Art & Cul­ture of Burn­ing Man, pre­miered at the Sono­ma Inter­na­tion­al Film Fes­ti­val.

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  • christopher palermo says:

    Nice­ly shot. Some beau­ti­ful art­work. How­ev­er, I would have liked to have seen more peo­ple of col­or, the Asian girl toward the end seemed to be enjoy­ing her­self, but most of the video focus­es on the young, beau­ti­ful, and snow white boys and girls. Hope for human­i­ty? I hope for a more diverse and real­is­tic video rep­re­sen­ta­tions of such events. If indeed that is at all pos­si­ble.

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